ERIC Number: EJ724181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Tutor Scaffolding Styles of Dilemma Solving in Network-Based Role-Play
Pata, Kai; Sarapuu, Tago; Lehtinen, Erno
Learning and Instruction, v15 n6 p571-587 Dec 2005
This study investigated tutoring during collaborative role-play dealing with environmental dilemmas in a synchronous network environment. The relationships of different tutor scaffolding styles with students' discourse acts and their decision-making variables were studied. A role-play with a jigsaw design was developed using the model of real-life environmental negotiations. Tutor scaffolding supported the process of making judgements. Five role-plays consisting of 31 decision-making discussions were carried out with 14-17-year-old students (N=62) from Estonian secondary schools. The findings indicated that the activeness of tutor scaffolding was related to the higher frequency of students' task-related discourse acts, as well as their ability to generate a mutually accepted ownership of problem representations in teams.
Descriptors: Tutors, Role Playing, Cooperative Learning, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Secondary School Students, Decision Making, Tutoring, Educational Environment, Computer Uses in Education, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Estonia